Locust Swarm at Delhi: Delhi environment ministry calls emergency meeting | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Saturday called a crisis meeting here to discuss the situation after a locust attack in Arabian Gurugram.
The Union directed the government to be watchful, an official said.

“Following the emergency assembly, an advisory will be issued steps to be taken to take care of the circumstance,” Rai said.
He requested the officials of the agriculture division to generate field visits to regions near Gurugram.

The development secretary, divisional commissioner, manager, agriculture division, along with the district magistrates of south Delhi and west Delhi will attend the assembly, the official stated.

Earlier in the afternoon, the heavens over many components of Gurugram turned dim as swarms of locusts descended on the town.
But, the migratory insects will likely spare the federal capital for the time being, officials stated.

The swarms of locusts, spread across two kilometres, transferred from west to east. They entered Gurugram about 11. 30am, KL Gurjar of this Locust Warning Organisation, ministry of agriculture said.
The pests, he stated, were led towards Faridabad and Palwal at Haryana.
Alarmed in the intrusion of their locusts, which depended on trees, rooftops and plants, many inhabitants of Gurugram shared videos in their high tech perches.
In May, India battled a catastrophic desert locust outbreak. The crop-destroying swarms initially assaulted Rajasthan and then disperse to Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
According to specialists, widely four types of locusts are located in India — desert locust, migratory locust, Bombay locust and shrub locust. The desert locust is thought to be the most harmful.
It multiplies very quickly and is capable of masking 150 km a day.
This insect, a kind of a grasshopper, will consume more than its own body weight. A 1 square kilometer of locust swarm comprising around 40 million locusts could in a day consume as much food as 35,000 people.
Pros blame the rising menace of desert locusts on climate change. They state breeding of locusts is directly linked to soil moisture and food accessibility.


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